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Need an appointment right away? Consider a virtual doctor visit

September 16, 2016

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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September 22, 2016

It’s an incredible approach to figure out whether they truly need to come in for an arrangement or in the event that it can hold up an additional couple of months. Ideal for occupied experts.

September 20, 2016

I would welcome the chance to talk to a doctor after regular office hours. Sometimes a complaint can’t wait, but an emergency room visit may not be the best option. Maybe we just need to know what kind of self care is appropriate or if we really do need to go to the ER. Both my husband and I have had difficulties after surgery when we really needed to talk to a doctor after regular hours and no one was available to help us.

September 19, 2016

I am wondering if any of the virtual doctors are psychiatrists. If a person calls complaining of depression, what kind of service would be given? Just a prescription? Does the doctor make an actual referral? I think a referral would be very important for any mental health issues. And, it can be particularly difficult to find appropriate mental health providers.

September 19, 2016

So. What about people that get unexpected (UTI’S) urinary tract infections I’m 51yrs old and get them unexpectedly sometimes And I never never know when I’m gonna get 1
As there sneaky and unpredictable so what do I or some other person do in this event do we go to an emergency room or could we be seen by a virtual Dr please respond to this. Comment and let me know thanks

September 19, 2016

If it’s a good idea to follow up with your doctor, why not just go see him in the first place? A virtual doc doesn’t seem to save any money and actually costs more! If it’s in the middle of the night for a child, then maybe but during daytime hours everyone should just go see their doctor or use the local urgent care.

September 19, 2016

Well many doctors even when you are in their presence hardly spend any time with you. Many hardly touch you as the are scanning the reports.They are busy with their cell phones or looking nto their laptops and so in that it really is virtual visit or shall we say that we virtually visited a doctor!

Dr. Linda Makuta
September 16, 2016

I’ve actually done a couple of virtual appointments for my dental patients over the years. It’s a great way to determine if they really need to come in for an appointment or if it can wait an extra couple of months. Perfect for busy professionals. I highly recommend other dentists do the same as it helps you keep your patients longer.

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